Hi Grandma Coder,
AAPC members agree to uphold a high standard of ethics. If you are being instructed to code incorrectly in order to get claims paid -- that is fraud! You could be putting your certification in jeopardy if you go along with this. You need to protect yourself. Put your concerns in writing and present them to your manager. Has your manager ever heard of whistleblowers? If the office gets audited, the OIG won't care that you needed a job and just kept on coding incorrectly.
It's hard, especially in these tough economic times, but you have to be willing to walk away from the job if fraud is being committed.
You know in your heart what is happening is wrong and it's wearing on your conscience. Do what's right -- don't compromise your ethics.
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